Survey of Personal FM Systems in the Classroom: Consistency of Use and Teacher Attitudes
Creators:Fry, Anna Catherine
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Publisher:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science
Series/Report no.:Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science. Doctor of Audiology Capstone Projects. 2014
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the current practices and attitudes of teachers towards the use and benefit of personal FM systems in the mainstream classroom for children with hearing loss. A 25-item online survey was sent to 2,006 elementary and middle school teachers in public schools in the Columbus, Ohio area. Participants were contacted three times via email requesting voluntary completion of the survey. Teachers were asked to respond about consistency of use and daily implementation of FM systems, as well as personal attitudes and knowledge about the benefit and use of the technology in the classroom. Overall, teachers reported that personal FM systems were utilized on a consistent basis, and that the devices were beneficial for children with hearing loss. However, responses indicated that teachers’ knowledge was lacking on topics such as the implications of hearing loss on academics and daily listening checks and troubleshooting techniques for FM systems. These results support the need for more effective training and education of teachers on personal FM systems and hearing loss prior to beginning use with the device in order to help optimize the benefit and education of children with hearing loss.